As an introduction to Australia Michelle took me to her home town of Gladstone in Queensland. For a nice change we spent our time with Michelle’s family which meant no decisions were made about where to go for dinner…..although on the downside there was no en-suite facilities 😉

During our time we visited the beaches of Tannum Sands, Gladstone, the back packers retreat of 1770 / Agnes Waters, as well as Awoonga Dam. Also meeting up with some of Michelle’s old friends where I got to hear the stories Michelle didn’t want me to know!

We have eaten like king’s the last couple of weeks with so many bbq’s and copious amounts of fresh seafood…. our clothes feel a little tighter!

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Also our time here meant that I got to experience my first hot Christmas which was certainly strange. We were woken by the sound of a very light rain shower, so the day started as I am used too, but when I looked out it was already 25 degrees and turning into a clear blue sky. As the day went on it got hotter which added to the surreal feeling. However the Xmas food was amazing, the freshly caught mud crabs and prawns were delicious as well as the desserts…..no Brussels sprouts or Turkey in sight! The afternoon consisted of street cricket which involved all of the neighbours and plenty of beers!

For boxing day we went to Awoonga dam where we spent the whole day on Michelle’s sister and husband’s boat being dragged around on various water sports equipment being shown up by her nephews!

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Also we got to see Kangaroos in the wild, an aboriginal man playing the didjeridoo as well as being woken up by the sound of laughing kookaburras – quite what was so funny about being awake at 4 am I don’t know!!

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Next stop Melbourne and Sydney….

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